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Compact Modeling of Non-Linear Contact Effects in Short-Channel Coplanar and Staggered Organic Thin-Film Transistors

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posted on 2021-05-10, 16:20 authored by Jakob PrüferJakob Prüfer, Jakob Leise, Aristeidis Nikolaou, James W. Borchert, Ghader Darbandy, Hagen Klauk, Benjamin Iniguez, Thomas Gneiting, Alexander Kloes
We present analytical physics-based compact models for the Schottky barriers at the interfaces between the organic semiconductor and the source and drain contacts in organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) fabricated in the coplanar and the staggered device architecture, and we illustrate the effect of these Schottky barriers on the current-voltage characteristics of the TFTs. The model for the source barrier explicitly takes into account the field-dependent barrier lowering due to image charges. Potential solutions have been derived by applying the Schwarz-Christoffel transformation, leading to expressions for the electric field at the source barrier and for the contact resistance at the source contact. With regard to the drain barrier, a generic compact-modeling scheme based on the current-voltage characteristics of a barrier-less TFT is introduced that can be applied to any compact dc model. Finally, both models are incorporated into an existing charge-based compact dc model and verified against the results of measurements performed on coplanar and staggered organic TFTs with channel lengths ranging from 0.5 μm to 10.5 μm.


German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (”SOMOFLEX”, No. 13FH015IX6)

EU H2020 RISE (”DOMINO”, No. 645760)

German Research Foundation (DFG) under the grant KL 1042/9-2 (SPP FFlexCom)


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Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen

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  • Germany